I can’t even begin to count the number of conversations I’ve had with non-iPhone owners who are dubious at best about the sturdiness of the iPhone. I’ve found it futile to describe the multitude of videos I’ve watched of people deliberately attempting to damage the iPhone to no avail. Non-iPhone owners still think the screen is gonna scratch or that its going to fall apart the first time they drop it. The following is the very first account I’ve seen of an iPhone being physically damaged (aside from “Will It Blend“) and it’s pretty extreme. In case you don’t read the account very carefully, the phone still worked after all this damage. And Apple still replaced the iPhone for free:

iPhone vs. Recliner: Recliner Wins

My barely month-old iPhone met its end last night in the home theater.

Unbeknownst to me, the phone slipped out of my pocket and down between the cushion and side of the recliner. At the end of the movie, I had a little trouble pushing in the footrest. However, after a few increasingly enthusiastic shoves, I was able to snap the footrest back into place. After a few minutes, I noticed my iPhone was missing. Upon searching the chair, I discovered the phone underneath the recliner with part of the lower half shattered, but it still worked. I had repeatedly crunched my phone in the metal mechanism of the recliner.

Luckily, the folks at my local Apple store were kind enough to send me a new 8GB iPhone for free.

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